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Bali Airport Busier By The Day As Destination Grows In Popularity

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Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Indonesia.

As the gateway to the country’s leading tourist destination, Bali Airport welcomes millions of passengers every year.

Travel data shows that Bali Airport is serving even more international flight routes than this time last year.

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In fact, this is the best year since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Comparative travel data shows that in January 2020, over 1.2 million tourists arrived in Bali. In 2021, just 126,000 people passed through the airport, and in January 2024, 927,750 people passed through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International.

Bali is edging ever closer to its pre-pandemic norm. While many Bali lovers may feel that Bali feels busier than before the pandemic, in reality, there are still fewer tourists milling around the island than before lockdowns began. 

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In January, the most frequent international arrivals were from Malaysia, taking up 16% of all arrivals in Bali, closely followed by Australians making up 13% of arrivals, with Singaporeans coming in third, reaching 9% of all international arrivals.

As is to be expected, 83.15% of foreign tourists arrived in Indonesia by plane, 14.03% via sea, and 2.83 by land borders.

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One (kind of) cool static revealed by the Central Statistic Agency in the amount of baggage processed by Bali Airport. It seems that Bali lovers don’t exactly travel light.

The amount of baggage and goods transported from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in January 2024 was recorded at 8,549 tons, an increase of 7.81% compared to the amount of baggage and goods transported in December 2023. 

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What is clear is that January 2024 has been the busiest January in Bali for the last four years despite it being the beginning of the low season.

This is welcome news for Bali, a destination that is still trying to recover from losses incurred by the pandemic. 


What the travel data also shows is a change in the way in which tourists are traveling. Some tourists are staying for longer, others for less time.

On average, international tourists to Indonesia, arriving in January 2024, stayed for 7.93 nights. When this data is broken down by travel demographic, it’s clear that tourists from ASEAN nations stay on average three nights, normally part of a long weekend, and tourists from Africa stay upwards of 14 nights.


Bali is on a mission to attract higher-quality tourists who stay longer and spend more. As a country, Indonesia is a destination that tourists can return to time and time again and only just scratch the surface. The same can easily be said for Bali.

Though the island is small, there is so much to discover. This year, more than ever, tourism officials want to see tourists exploring more of what the island has to offer.

Tourists can find a whole new side of Bali way from the resorts of the south if they venture to destinations further north, like Munduk and Lovina, Amed and Tulamben in the east, and Menjangan in the west. 


While I Gusti Ngurah Rai edges ever closer to its pre-pandemic norm, political leaders want to put the discussion about the creation of a North Bali Airport back on the table.

Plans that were first shared in 2015 show that the airport would have the capacity to serve 32 million passengers annually, way beyond the current capacity of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International.

It would quickly become Indonesia’s second biggest airport, second only to Soekarno-Hatta International in Jakarta. 

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Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Busy airport but no understaffed? Arrived 4th March early morning:

None of the many automated gates were open (or functioning).

No sign of life at my immigration desk (that I have to use due to my type permit). No officials around to offer guidance so I headed for the long line for visitors (mostly tourists).

Finally at the desk after a long wait I was informed this was the "wrong" line and pointed at another line at the other end of the hall (located behind the automated gates for some reason).

At the 3rd desk they could process me but the dude did not have a stamp so sent to my 4th desk for the day for stamping the passport.

Just unbelievable after breezing through Tokyo and Hong Kong immigration. These countries use use automated gates that take less than 15-30 seconds to process.

To top it off my large soft bag (hard bottom with wheels) arrived upside down on the carousel with the result it become very dirty and torn. They have no care and no respect for peoples belongings. I did not bother to report as no people at luggage handling as well.

I did not see any tourist tax desk or checkpoint.

All focus on holiday I guess.


Wednesday 6th of March 2024


My son arrived around 8pm Monday (4th) night. VOA and Tourist Tax bought online. Used the auto gates and came thru in 10 minutes

Deborah Jarvis

Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Don't outprice the average tourist that might visit couple times a year, we spend local and come for the quiet relaxation,we make local friends who tell us about local sites to visit. We aren't looking for commercial hotels that are everywhere, we just want quiet clean accommodation so we can spend in the community


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

I moved to Singaraja 2 years ago after living in Canggu since 2002.Up here l would see a tourist about once a week.Alright, l live with my Balinese wife and children , so my lifestyle is totally different than a tourist.I am sure most holiday makers are happy to lie by the pool and eat out.But if they ventured away from the normal spots, their holiday experience would be totally different.Grab a bike/ car/ driver and just go anywhere Nth West/ East of Ubud and feel like you are alone in this great little Island.You will go back down Sth and wonder why did l ever think that was better.

Yves Lachance

Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Hi For visa on arrival if go other country can I get voa if I back to bali after 2 weeks